Gibraltar Sports Injury Clinic
If you are practicing a sport, either competitively or for pleasure, your most valuable tool is your body. To be able to perform well, you will need to be in peak condition. The Sports Medicine Specialist Team at SMG understand even though injury can occur, time off from training for healing time can be frustrating, so they aim to be able to get you back on top form as soon as possible and have an integrated approach to be able to keep you there, allowing you to concentrate on your performance.
How do Sports Injuries occur?
Sports Injury GibraltarSports Injuries are those that occur to athletes whilst undertaking a sporting activity. In many cases, these can be due to the overuse of one particular part of the body. For example, runners knee is a painful condition associated with sports involving running, whilst tennis elbow is a form of repetitive strain injury (which ironically does not often occur in tennis players!). Other injuries could be as a result of direct trauma or forceful contact causing broken bones, and torn/damaged ligaments or tendons.
Whatever the injury, it is important that the medical team get you back to full fitness as soon as possible.
Diagnosis and Investigation of Injuries
When an injury occurs, the first step is the correct and speedy diagnosis. Our Sports Injury Physician will normally assess injuries in the first instance, diagnosing the problem, or referring patients on for further tests as necessary.
A clinical examination will also be carried out during this initial consultation, which may involve the patient requiring an ultrasound with our resident radiologist.
Sport injuries can be broadly classified as either traumatic or overuse injuries.
Traumatic injuries account for most injuries in contact sports such as Football, Rugby, Horse Riding and Martial Arts because of the dynamic and high collision nature of these sports. These injuries can range from bruises (damage to small blood vessels which causes bleeding within the tissues) and muscle strains (small tears to the muscle fibres) where the body's response is inflammation in the area of injury, to fractures and head injuries.
Overuse Injuries tend to have subtle pain or vague symptoms that develop slowly. What begins as a small, nagging ache or pain can grow into a debilitating injury if it isn't recognized and treated early. These injuries are the direct result of repetitive use, stress and trauma to the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons, bones and joints) without enough time given for proper healing.
There are several factors which can lead to sustaining an overuse injury through sport; doing too much too soon, overtraining without sufficient rest, repetition of the same kind of training and returning too quick from an injury to name but a few.
Treatment of Sports Injuries
Treatment for injuries will primarily depend on the type and severity, and could be conservative, interventional or surgical.
Conservative treatment could mean the patient being referred to our physiotherapist, painkillers and most importantly resting the affected area
Interventional treatments are often required when an injury has reached a condition in which conservative treatments will not repair the damage. Any intervention will depend on the injury sustained and could include Ultrasound guided needling, injections, steroids or gait analysis with our podiatrist.
A surgical intervention is a more serious treatment but is sometimes necessary for the repair of an injury. This surgery could be with one of our orthopaedic specialists or our general surgeon.